The taskbar at the bottom of my screen has stopped putting the open aplications on it. It always looks blank, just with the start button, quick launch and the other ones on the right hand side.
Does anyone know how i can get the tab down the bottom with the minimised program?
The only way i can switch between programs is with ctrl+alt+delete and it is time consuming and annoying!!
I really dont know what's the problem now, but an easier way to switch between programs now until someone fixes is alt+tab. Its just an easier way to do that for now but when I figure out what's wrong ill post back here. If you want to switch between like 3 tabs or more just hold alt and press tab to keep switching between the programs.
Sounds like an explorer crash - this sometimes happens, but if it's persistent, you might want to try a Windows reinstall.
If it's only happening occasionally though, hit CTRL+ALT+DEL and select the "processes" tab. Find "explorer.exe" then select it and hit "End Task". Then, go into FILE, New Process (Run) and type "explorer" and hit return.
As a quick aside: You don't need to hit CTRL+ALT+DEL to swap between applications. You can do it by holding down ALT and pressing TAB.
Hope this helps!
Another thing you can do is hitting the Windows Logo key (the one that's generally between Ctrl and Alt), hitting Tab, then hitting Enter. That's the other way to switch between programs that you have open.
it's either you modofied your explorer.exe file, or your computer is infected with a virus or a spyware. and i can only suggest a reinstall. once your software's acting wierd, he best thing to do is a fresh installation!
you might want to try a reinstall of xp sp2 too, if you dont want to reinstall all your apps.
Thanks everyone for the help. I think I must have somehow stuffed up exporer.
I tryed that but it just changed the size and mover the buttons (what it is sposed to do) but didn't make any difference to the minimised stuff.
I have downloaded something called an "objectdock". It is like the bar on the bottom of Mac OSX. It has my minimised stuff on it. But still not the windows taskbar.
Does any know how I can reinstall exporer.exe only? I don't really want to re install windows then have to update 50million updates and put all my programs on. That is what I will do if worst comes to worst.
Is there a way of installing windows without lossing files and programs?
could you post a screenshot here? you can do that by hitting print-screen on ur keyboard and then pasting into paint.
many explorer issues can be fixed by using 'recovery mode' on the windoze xp cd, but it is very risky and requires a lot of research
It is fixed now!!!!!
Thank you longjack!
I ran that script and it fixed it immediately. That site is awsome to (have bookmarked it).
Thanks everyone for your help.